Bridgeton City School District (11-0540)

Bridgeton City School District

Bridgeton Public Schools is a Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade school district with 6,209 students located in Cumberland County. The district has a Pre-Kindergarten – 3 program housed in ten daycare facilities in the city. There is also a Pre-Kindergarten – 4 facility that houses approximately 400 students. The district has six K - 8 schools, one high school, and an extended day and extended year accelerated program for students in grades 6 - 8 in its ExCEL building and for students in grades 9-12 at a wing located at Bridgeton High School. The District provides a full range of educational services to students in grades Pre-K through 12. The educational services include regular, vocational, bilingual, ESL, and special education for handicapped students.

The mission of the Bridgeton Public Schools is to provide multiple pathways for all students to attain the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and meet the needs of a diverse student population. All students will be provided with the opportunity and resources to succeed through the creation of state-of the-art safe learning environments which will ultimately enable all students to graduate from high school and become productive members of a global community.

To achieve this mission, the Board of Education of the district has established its vision of creating a transparent school system, with state-of-the-art facilities, clearly focused on having students achieve academic and interpersonal excellence, supported by committed parents, community members, and staff who feel a moral obligation to help all students meet the highest standards. The mission is reflected in the district’s Shared Responsibility for Student Achievement Guide and Road Map to enhancing student achievement in the district.

The District’s Shared Responsibility for Student Achievement Road Map to student success encompasses four goals: to improve student achievement in Language Arts Literacy, Science and Mathematics to meet state standards; maintain safe and positive learning environments; increase parental involvement; improve district facilities. The Shared Responsibility for Student Achievement Plan consists of the strategies that district staff will employ and institute to ensure student success in the Bridgeton School District.

The relentless pursuit of student achievement is reflective of the district’s use of research-based curriculum and instructional programs, that focus on meeting the holistic needs of the students, while focusing on student achievement in all core areas of instruction with an emphasis on Language Arts Literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, and Math.

The District implemented a District-wide Curriculum Committee that consists of teachers from all content areas to focus on improving student performance data by sharing their extensive knowledge of curriculum and instruction which ultimately impacts the instructional decisions that occur in the classrooms throughout the district. There are also ongoing horizontal and vertical articulation meetings, grade level meetings, and professional learning committees to encourage collaboration, and staff engagement to promote and foster the tenets of the Shared Responsibility for Student Achievement Road Map.

A wide range of after-school enrichment and remedial courses are offered to K – 12 students coupled with a wide array of extra-curricular programs including Language Arts Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, etc. The students actively engaged in field experiences that are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. In addition, Bridgeton students are

The District offers an extensive number of opportunities for the students to participate in community service projects. The students serve their community by participating and serving the Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, clean streets projects, etc.

All schools have a powerful Positive Behavior Supports in Schools (PBSIS) program that provides behavioral support to all students. Parent and community involvement is supported through parent workshops and school programs organized and facilitated by each school’s Community and Parental Involvement Specialist. School Leadership Councils are in each building work diligently using student data to drive curricular, instructional, and organizational decisions for the benefit of our community.

Bridgeton students also participate in athletic programs on the middle school and high school levels.

Bridgeton High School is a member of the Cape Atlantic League Conference which includes schools from Cumberland and Atlantic counties. The Cape Atlantic League consists of 2 conferences: National and American; Bridgeton is part of the American conference. Bridgeton High School is a NJSIAA South Sectional Group 3 School. The high school’s football program competes in the West Jersey Football League as a South Sectional Group 4 School. Additionally, the district provides interscholastic sports for grades 6-8.